POMEROY — A Christmas parade down Main Street in Pomeroy on Sunday afternoon heralded the beginning of the holiday season.
The parade had all the necessary ingredients: a marching band, Christmas packages, the Grinch, reindeer, floats, motorcycles, emergency vehicles and Santa.
The Bend Area Band, part of the Middleport Arts Council, played Christmas chorals in front of Weaving Stitches as a crowd gathered to watch. Pomeroy businesses were open for shopping before and after the parade.
The streets were lined with spectators as the Color Guard from the American Legion came first in the parade.
Excitement was in the air as the parade passed by. People on floats and walkers tossed candy to the crowd. The walkers were dressed in everything from Santa hats and packages to Wizard of Oz characters.
As the Meigs Marauder Marching Band came into view, a cheer was heard from the crowd. The band, dressed in their uniforms, wore a variety of Santa hats as they preformed a selection of holiday pieces.
Everyone seemed to be having fun as Santa waved from a float. There were also glimpses of Santa riding a motorcycle.
The finale was a performance by the Marauder Marching Band, who broke away from the parade as it passed by the Meigs County Courthouse. The band came down Court Street, where they stopped to preform a final selection.
The Meigs Rotary Club had set up outside The Daily Sentinel building and were handing out free hot chocolate to passers-by.
By then, Santa has disembarked from his float and was walking up Court Street. A line of children had already formed outside Peoples Bank waiting to sit on Santa’s lap.
Most agreeded it was a happy beginning to the holiday season.
For more photos of the parade and Santa, turn to Page A4.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551